Rays Vs. Indians Preview: Alex Cobb Facing Familiar Foe On Monday

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 15: Outfielder Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays and infielder Carlos Pena #23 celebrate a run against the Boston Red Sox July 15, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Rays start a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

After dropping two of three to the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, the Tampa Bay Rays will look to get the second half of their season on track against the visiting Cleveland Indians. Trailing New York by eight and a half games, the Rays need all the wins they can get to keep their name firmly in the Wild Card hunt.

Alex Cobb finished off his first half of the season with a July 6 win over Cleveland. In that outing he worked six innings, allowing three runs for his fourth win. He takes the hill on Monday night looking for a repeat performance.

Cleveland will have right-hander Zach McAllister on the mound for his eighth start of the season. McAllister is 3-1 with a 3.40 ERA.

Monday night's game starts at 7:10 p.m. at the Trop. Fans can watch the game on Sun Sports.

For more on the Rays, visit DRays Bay. Get the Cleveland perspective at Let's Go Tribe. Stay tuned to SB Nation Tampa Bay throughout the series for news, updates and more. Visit Baseball Nation for trade talk and analysis from around the majors.

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